Each year the HHSA hosts a highly trained, international Classifier to visit our Australian Hanoverian Breeders.
What to expect during the tour inspection.
Presentation: Foals are generally plaited (though this is not required) and well groomed. It is optional to plait the mare, but make sure she is well presented also. If you have multiple horses, please make sure they are ready to go and can be assessed in a timely manner.
During the inspection, the assessor will first look at the overall appearance of the foal and complete a markings/identification sheet. Then the type and limbs will be scored while the foal is standing.
The assessor then usually asks for the foal to be walked away from and then back towards the assessor to judge correctness of movement. Next, while moving in a triangle shape, the walk and then trot will be scored.
Sometimes it is very hard to get foals to cooperate on the day and display their best paces. It can help if you have done some practice, and to have an additional person to follow the mare and foal if needed. Please remember, the assessor can only judge what is displayed to them on the day (even if you know the foal can do better). This is the nature of horses. The HHSA assessors are all highly trained, and very experienced, and the HHSA supports the judging decisions.
The total scores are then recorded and explained to the presenter.
On average, only the top 10% of foals will receive a Gold award score. This is a realistic proportion as the Gold foals are meant to be the top standout foals each season. Scoring is as follows: Silver Award: 30 points and up to (but not including) 32 points, Gold Award: 32 points (inclusive) and over.
If DNA hair samples are required to be taken please ensure you have a safe place to do so (this can be done in a stable), but also make sure your foals are safe to handle as we will not put our assessors at risk.
If you have any paperwork to be handed to the HHSA such as microchip numbers or service certificates, please have them organised.
For Mare Classifications, the mares are well presented, plaiting is optional but does help to show the shape of the neck. They will be asked to walk and trot in hand. The mare may be presented in a halter or bridle.
Handler presentation: neat and tidy appearance with safe shoes. Whips are allowed to be carried.
Cool drinks and/or refreshments are welcome.
The HHSA expects all of our members to be kind and respectful to the assessors and any HHSA volunteers (and anyone else involved on the tour). Please remember, the tour is a great learning opportunity and is a massive undertaking by the volunteers of the HHSA for its members.
You can view our Code of Conduct Policy here